Still tidying up my friend's Kempton family file and, as ever, I keep getting sidetracked into following another line down....
This time I was confirming information that I'd found on the Yelland family tree on Ancestry, and going down the Kempton/Bayes line in Norfolk. Most people were being co-operative and allowing themselves to be found relatively easily and I moved down to the Gill family in Norwich.
Thanks to the wonderful FreeReg people I have found lots of Gills and noted them accordingly. But now I'm a bit confused. Henry Gill, son of William and Elizabeth (nee Bayes) was born in Norwich in 1842 and learned to be a tailor.
In November 1881 he married Alice Boreham in Thorpe-next-Norwich and they begat four little Gills in Norwich during the next seven years.
And then the family went to Canada in 1891: to Montreal, to be precise. But. Henry sailed in the name of George Kempton, and the rest of the family also had their surname changed to Kempton.
They moved on to Winnipeg, in Manitoba, and Henry/George & Alice begat a further three children - all named Kempton. And the family remained Kempton, with all trace of Gill obliterated.
Now I know that anyone can change their name, but I have to admit that I'm intrigued......